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The "Galactic Heroes" Stocking Stuffers are some of the more interesting "action figures" in the Star Wars merchandising set. I call them action figures, but they really have the sense of action figures as a troll doll.
This set comes with Obi-Wan Kenobi, his pupil Anakin and a Shock Trooper. Each figure it about 2 inches tall, made of plastic and they all weild something christmas related - Obi-Wan has a present, Anakin looks surprisingly threatening with his giant candy cane and the shock trooper is holding some electric lights.
At first, when they were still in the box, I thought that was it, and served as only pseudo christmas decorations, but later learned that you can remove the gifts and attach their usual weapons. Both Obi-Wan and his padawan have lightsabers and moveable hands so the two can duel like in The Revenge of the Sith where Obi-Wan shouts "You are the chosen one!" (I waited all film for that line). The shock trooper also has a gun, but his hands don't move.
The figures are, as a whole, actually pretty cool and a nice change from the usual classic action figures which you see all the time in the Star Wars range. Like their title suggests, they make great stocking fillers for the kids, or a decent gift for any Star Wars fan you might know
~~~ Introduction ~~~
Star Wars Galactic Heroes are miniature cartoon-like versions of our favourite heroes, villains, droids and creatures from a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Originally aimed at younger Star Wars fans these two inch characters are now just as popular with adult collectors too. Whilst being fun to play with they look fantastic displayed (I know several fellow Star Wars Geeks who have the odd Galactic Hero figure strategically placed around their work place).
However, what makes these figures particularly suitable for younger children is the fact that they are solidly made and do not have tiny weapons or accessories that could so easily become a choking hazzard (like the regular Star Wars figures do).
Usually Star Wars Galactic Heroes are sold in packs of two although you can buy larger sets with several characters in them (and these usually come with a vehicle or as part of a themed playset).
~~~ Star Wars Galactic Heroes Stocking Stuffers ~~~
Stocking Stuffers are Galactic Heroes with a festive twist ... the twist being that each figure comes with a Christmas themed accessory. They make a wonderful stocking filler for any Star Wars fan (regardless of their age). Worry ye not though ... because if bought as a Christmas Gift the festive accessory itself can later be removed to reveal a standard Galactic Hero figure. Stocking Stuffers come in packs of three ... there are several out at the moment and this particular set is based on the characters from the movie Revenge Of The Sith and includes Obi Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and a Shocktrooper.
~~~ Obi Wan Kenobi ~~~
Obi Wan Kenobi may be small but the clever folk over at Hasbro HQ have perfectly captured the likeness of the character portayed on screen by Ewan McGregor. The Jedi Master holds his Lightsaber proudly ... a Lightsaber that has been transformed into a stack of brightly covered Christmas gifts !!!
~~~ Anakin Skywalker ~~~
Anakin Skywalker is Obi Wan's apprentice and future Dark Lord of the Sith ... and once again the figure has perfectly captured the on screen character in terms of attention to detail. He doesn't quite look like the troubled young Jedi we've all come to know though as his Ligtsaber has become a stripy candy walking stick !!!
~~~ Shocktrooper ~~~
He may have been cloned from Bounty Hunter Jango Fett but this Shocktrooper doesn't quite look ready for battle seeing as his blaster is poking out from a wonderfully festive looking wreath. His armour, however, fits in well ... being white and red !!!
~~~ Price & Availability ~~~
Stocking Stuffers were released last year but demand this year for all Galactic Heroes toys has risen dramatically. Just check out your Argos Catalogues to see how many different Galactic Heroes products are in this time !!! Also I saw a box of these in a local sci-fi store a few weeks ago and they were asking £15 for just three Galactic Heroes figures which to be honest is ridiculous.
I bought my Stocking Stuffers last year on eBay ... I got 12 different "loose" ones from the same seller and the most expensive one was just £1.04.
The good news, however, is that if you are lucky enough to have a Home Bargains (in some areas it's called Quality Save) near to where you live then Star Wars Galactic Heroes Stocking Stuffer 3 Packs are currently selling at just £2.99 ... which is an absolute bargain !!!
~~~ Final Thoughts ~~~
I love Star Wars Galactic Heroes ... in fact this year I have dropped several hints that I would dearly love the Ultimate Millennium Falcon for Christmas ... it's currently half price at Argos !!!). These Stocking Stuffers are wonderful novelty items ... last year I attached a piece of red ribbon to each one I own and hung them on the Christmas Tree as decorations.
The great thing is, however, that once Christmas has been and gone the presents, candy cane and wreath can be removed and you are left with three standard Star Wars Galactic Heroes. And, with the festive period over these guys can then continue saving the Galaxy as only they know how !!!
Thanks for reading ;)
>>> jedimastergray73 <<<
Some more ideas for Christmas here in the form of three mini Star Wars figures. If you don't want to splash out loads of money on the expensive Hasbro figures, then a cheaper option is buying the stocking stuffers. For around the five pound mark, they provide amusing entertainment for the less discerning Star Wars collector.
In this pack we have an Anakin, an Obi Wan Kenobi and a Shocktrooper, which is not to be confused with a Stormtrooper, a Clonetrooper or a Sandtrooper. To give it some Christmas sparkle, each figure comes with a Christmas twist. The weapons have been replaced with festive items. This is all very cute, but it looks a bit odd!
The shocktrooper benefits from a good colour job, with a sleek helmet and stlish red trim work. I was impressed at the detail on his torso, considering the size of him, he is well articulated. His red boots might appear oversized, but I think this is part of the appeal and it gives him a cartoonish stance. Neat work on the gloves too, completing a unique and rare figure who does not crop up too often.
Obi Wan is my favourite of the three, with a satisfying facial gurn which looks like McGregor. he hair colour is a good match and the beard is most pleasing, you almost want to start stroking it! His fatigues are shaped nicely and they give a fine sense of movment. Obi Wan comes with a little stack of presents, colourful and bright, they are a welcome change from the lightsabre!
The last figure is Anakin Skywalker, who is less successful. He does not look much like Hayden Christensen or Jake Lloyd and just looks like any old bloke dressed in dark clothes. The addition of a candy cane is sweet, though he is not a decent enough replica for me.
Recommended for younger children, these figures might provide a few minutes of fun, though the festive accessories will limit long term play value.